That’s why we echo some tests conducted by some testers who stepped, with different models of winter boots, the streets and trails of Alaska during the harshest of winter.
And that competition coincided in its verdict with the opinion of other experts who, analyzing boots in these price ranges, give as winners the Columbia Loveland Mid Omni-Heat lace-up boot for women and the Blundstone thermal boot for men.
Both models are attractive enough to wear for household chores and daily commutes around town without sacrificing an ounce of functionality, and both have surprisingly effective waterproofing given their good looks.
Best for Men: Blundstone Thermal Boot
The boot selected as the best for our men is comfortable and versatile enough for everyday wear, while keeping feet nice and warm in sub-zero winter conditions.
The Blundstone thermal boot is a fully waterproof and insulated version of the company’s Chelsea boot, adding hardly any extra weight or bulk. Its classic design makes it a great boot for everyday wear. And testers were surprised at how comfortable and cozy this boot is, which also has a removable sheepskin insole that makes it feel more like a slipper than a work boot.
Best for Women: Columbia Loveland Mid Omni-Heat
As for the best women’s winter boot, this Columbia Loveland Mid Omni-Heat, lace-up and lined to the top with a calf-hair-like lining, proved to be the winner against the cold… and it also completed all waterproofing tests thanks to its Omni-Tech technology.
All this is coupled with the fact that it is lined on the outside with Omni-Heat Reflective material, which helps keep feet warm at zero degrees and withstanding temperatures down to -32 C.
And if it is quite common for women’s boots to sacrifice everything for aesthetics, in this case we have a boot that breaks the mold. Because this Columbia Loveland Mid Omni-Heat is both practical and attractive and comes in three models with different color combinations.
It also provides excellent waterproofing and a surprisingly comfortable feel due to its lightweight midsole, but with good cushioning and high energy return against impacts against the ground. It has a slider-like fit due to its Omni-Grip traction rubber outsole technology developed by the brand.
Among other technical details that are interesting to know especially when putting on a boot of this style, is that its opening measures around 34 cm in circumference, and the shaft measures approximately 20 cm from the arch.